09/20/2010 01:45 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Community' Gets Animated: Creator Dan Harmon Confirms Stop-Motion Christmas Special

The second season premiere of NBC's breakout comedy "Community" will air this Thursday and we couldn't be more excited. We already knew the first episode back will feature the great Betty White, but that's not the only trick the show's creators have up their sleeves.

In an interview with New York magazine last month, "Community" creator Dan Harmon hinted that he'd like to do an animated special episode, and now reports that the Christmas special will be done in stop-motion animation.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do but, I never anticipated having the ability to do it," Harmon said. "Jeff Gaspin at NBC woke up one morning and thought Community should do an animated episode. I was like, 'Well, that's weird, because that's the kind of stuff I'm usually suggesting and guys like him veto.'"

Vulture points out that "Community" is up against much-loved "Big Bang Theory" in the same time slot, so it's no wonder they are going the extra mile with their second season.